No Bake Chocolate Pecan Tarts – Gluten Free

by Marla on May 6, 2010 · 89 comments

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Gluten Free Pecan Chocolate Tarts with Pink Ribbon

I made these simple, delicious no bake Chocolate Pecan Tarts to have around the house for grab & go snacks. These are treats that look and taste like the most decadent dessert, but are actually high energy foods in disguise. I am thrilled that my mom and dad are visiting us from NY this week. We are looking forward to a happy week & special Mother’s Day.

No-bake dessert tarts with organic chocolate and pecans

My body doesn’t love flour as much as my taste buds do. These are sinfully & satisfying sweet treats that will leave smiles and not guilt. These are quick and easy to prepare so you can spend more time away from the kitchen & enjoying your weekend.

Child art with tart dessert

Here chocolate is partnered with the most delicious flourless/gluten free tart shell you will ever sink your teeth into. The toasted nuts make it taste like there is loads of butter in these tarts and there is none. This dessert should suit anyone. Vegans, gluten free & dairy free diets can all be satisfied.

Gluten Free Raw Chocolate Pecan Tarts

Makes about sixteen 2 inch tarts (you can make more or less, just adjust ingredients using similar proportions)


  • 1 cup toasted Pecans
  • 3/4 cup pitted dried Medjool Dates
  • pinch of fine Sea Salt
  • 8 ounces your favorite Chocolate, about 1/2 oz of chocolate for each tart
  • 8 ounces unsweetened Soy Milk, Rice Milk or Heavy Cream


Pre heat oven to 350˚F with the rack in the middle. Place pecans on a baking sheet in a single layer. Toast pecans for about 10 minutes, until fragrant and lightly browned. Watch that they do not burn. Lets nuts cool in baking sheet. Add pecans, dates and salt to blender or food processor. Combine in processor until finely ground and the “dough” sticks together when pinched. Chill dough in fridge for about 15 minutes, so it isn’t too sticky to work with.

Line a mini tart pan with plastic wrap. Press pecan/date mixture into pan. Gently take mixture off tart pan with plastic wrap, then peel off wrap.  This dough is very fragile, so be gentle. Freeze tart shells for about 15 minutes, until firm.

Bring soy milk, rice milk or cream to a boil in a medium pan. Put chocolate in a medium bowl. Take hot milk off the stove and pour onto chocolate.  Stir and let the chocolate melt. Remove tart shells from freezer and add spoonfuls of creamy chocolate ganache. Put filled tarts into the fridge for about an hour or so to set.  Your tarts will last quite a few days in the fridge sealed in a airtight container. You can also wrap them in plastic wrap & baggies to store in the freezer for a few months.

*Once they get to room temperature the tarts soften quite a bit. Serve them on a plate with forks because they are crumbly.

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{ 88 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria May 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Chocolate is always the perfect gift. Happy Mother’s day to you!


2 Maria May 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Follow you on Twitter:)


3 sophia May 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Oh cool! My mom actually really likes chocolate. I hope I can win this for her, since I won’t be able to celebrate Mother’s Day with her. I’ll probably just give her a call, since she LOVES hearing my sweet, sweet voice. 😉


4 sophia May 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Oh and I already follow you on Twitter…and yes, I’m a fan on Facebook! Hee hee!


5 Jessica @ Healthy Exposures May 6, 2010 at 3:27 pm

These look great – I bet my mom would like them, too! She loves the date balls I make, and the tart shell looks like it follows those lines :)
Glad you get to spend your mother’s day with your mom & rest of your family. Happy mother’s day to you, too! :)


6 Therese May 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I’m reading this on a break at work (I’m a nurse and I’ve been on my feet all day) and that chocolate is making me drool! I’ll be driving 3 hours this weekend to go “home” to visit my mom. I haven’t actually seen her ON Mother’s Day in 6 years!


7 Victoria May 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm

In honor of my mom who LOVED chocolate, I will
say delicious, delicious, delicious.. just like all your posts!!


8 Cali May 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Please let me eat one of those right now.

I just totally revamped my weekly grocery list. Yummmm.


9 Lindsay May 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Looks delicious! Happy mother’s day :)


10 FoodFitnessFreshair May 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Those seriously look sooo delicious! I love chocolate and pecans. Great giveaway as well!


11 FoodFitnessFreshair May 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Became a fan of Newman’s on Facebook


12 FoodFitnessFreshair May 6, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Am now following you on Twitter!


13 FoodFitnessFreshair May 6, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I plan on cooking dinner for my beautiful mom for mother’s day!


14 Georgie Fear May 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm

The tarts look beautiful!!!

For mothers day I’m having lunch with my best friend who is a NEW mom! So its a special one! I of course call my mom and tell her how much I miss her (she lives in FL).

And I love chocolate and would be happy to splurge on these bars!

Thanks for offering the giveaway!

Georgie Fear RD


15 Jessica @ How Sweet May 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Oh drool! You know I’d love to win that! :)


16 Jenn May 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Those chocolates look amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!


17 Jenn May 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I now follow you on Twitter


18 Jenn May 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I’m a fan of Family Fresh Cooking on FB.


19 Jenn May 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I’m a fan of Newman’s Own Organics on FB.


20 Jenn May 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Just tweeted


21 Jenn May 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

For Mother’s Day, my family is making Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Bacon Pancakes. :)


22 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog May 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm

What a wonderful chocolate tarts! I can’t enter in the giveaway but I would love to 😉




23 Janice May 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I just saw a recipe for almond flour chocolate donuts and then I find this awesome giveaway for chocolate. Thank you!


24 Janice May 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm

For Mother’s Day, my husband and I will be cooking (and grilling) for my mother, his mother and step-father. My brother and his fiancee will join us too. Should be lots of fun.


25 grace May 7, 2010 at 3:17 am

good gracious, these tarts are amazing–i love each and every little part of them! your mom’s a lucky lady. :)


26 grace May 7, 2010 at 3:18 am

and by the way, for mother’s day, i’ll be working. :(


27 Rosa May 7, 2010 at 4:43 am

Great giveaway! Those tartlets look mighty good, mmmhhh!




28 Ally @ Sweet & Savory May 7, 2010 at 5:02 am

We are spending the day at my sister’s house, watching my nephew play baseball, and then having a grill out!


29 Ally @ Sweet & Savory May 7, 2010 at 5:03 am

I’m already a fan of yours on facebook!


30 megan May 7, 2010 at 6:01 am

Oooh, Chocolate!!! Throw my name in the hat!


31 megan May 7, 2010 at 6:03 am

I’m a follower on Twitter!


32 megan May 7, 2010 at 6:05 am

I’m going to an art fair on Mother’s Day! BTW-those tarts look delicious.


33 megan May 7, 2010 at 6:06 am

I tweeted! Actually, I retweeted you! :)


34 megan May 7, 2010 at 6:09 am

I’m a fan on Facebook.


35 heather May 7, 2010 at 6:15 am

who can say no to chocolate?!




36 Amanda @ WannaBe Chef May 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

Wow, all that chocolate looks amazing!! I would love to win and share some with my mom :-)


37 Cristina May 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

Marla — beautiful photography…those chocolate tarts look so good! Have a great mother’s day weekend! =)


38 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather May 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

What a simple and delish dessert! For mother’s day i’m making special quiches for my mom, mother in law and sister in law (soon to be mom in about 1 week!). Maybe I’ll have to throw in a couple of these cute tarts :)


39 Cellabella May 7, 2010 at 10:27 am

Oh my gosh, I’m a huge fan of Newman’s Own products (so sad that he passed away). I haven’t tried all those delicious chocolate flavors, so I would love to win some and eat!!


40 Cellabella May 7, 2010 at 10:28 am

On Mother’s Day, I’ll be spending the day with my in-laws, but I’ll definitely be calling my own mother and her gift is already in the mail :)


41 Faith May 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

These tarts are brilliant, Marla! Healthy, yet still decadent (the perfect combo 😉 ). I hope you have a fabulous Mother’s Day, sweetie!


42 Faith May 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Thanks for hosting this wonderful giveaway!

On Mother’s Day I’m making dinner for my mom. :)


43 Faith May 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I’m a fan of FFC on Facebook. :)


44 Michelle May 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Oh, just pass that bowl and a big spoon. Yum-o!

I don’t know what we’ll be doing for Mother’s Day, but I know talking to my mom and sisters will be part of my day.


45 LilSis May 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I love that you said you don’t really like to bake, because neither do I. It just doesn’t come naturally. I love to cook because you don’t have to deal with precise measurements.

I’m actually out in the desert now for a Father Son Golf Tournament for my son’s high school and will be back at the coast in time for Mother’s Day. We will be doing brunch down at the Harbor. Totally relaxing!!


46 LilSis May 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I follow you on Twitter!


47 LilSis May 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I’m a Fan of Family Fresh Cooking on Facebook!


48 Jamie May 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Those look absolutely divine!


49 Jamie May 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I am hoping to spend some quality time with my family on Mother’s Day and if the weather cooperates go for a long walk.


50 A Canadian Foodie May 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm

The Arty Tarty pic is my fav! Fun tarts. I just made some similar ones recently. Hilarious that a chocolate company would choose you to send product to… Miss Vision of Great Health. And, Mother’s Day is the ocassion for a little indulgence, for sure. For me, any time there is chocolate is the time for indulgence. :)


51 marla May 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Oh Victoria , you always make me feel good! “Miss Vision of Great Health” don’t worry, true to my reputation I eat very little chocolate!


52 Diane May 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Those chocolate tarts look simply divine!


53 Dianel May 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I’ll be sending my mother to a relaxing day at the spa!


54 Elizabeth May 8, 2010 at 2:49 am

These look fantastic! Absolutely Lush!


55 Cara May 8, 2010 at 4:57 am

Happy Mothers Day to you and all the other moms! These tarts sound right up my alley too. Do you think almond milk would work? I thought heavy cream was a must for ganache and now you’ve got me wondering with your other options!


56 Cara May 8, 2010 at 4:58 am

And for another shot… I’ll be driving down to PA with my hubs and mother in law to visit her side of the family. But I get to see my mom tonight for dinner :)


57 Joanne May 8, 2010 at 5:22 am

Oh lord do these look good! As you know, I love to bake, but I’m all about sinlessly easy treats as well.

I love Newman’s Own products…they are so delicious and are also really wholesome! Awesome giveaway.

For Mother’s Day I’ll be baking my mom a cake and heading over for dessert in-between intense amounts of studying for an exam I have on Monday. Have fun with your parents and happy Mother’s day to you sweetie!


58 Susan May 8, 2010 at 7:19 am

Yums! My mom loves turtle candies, and these look like a great version. Thanks for sharing.


59 sweetlife May 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Happy Mother’s day to you..great treat, easy to make and guilt free I love the arty tarty pics, so cute..great recipe as always, enjoy your day..



60 sara May 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm

these look so good! my husband is vegan and he is drooling!!


61 sara May 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

i am visiting my mom for mothers day@
it is so wonderful!!


62 sara May 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm

i follow you on twitter


63 sara May 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm

i am a facebook fan too!!


64 tasteofbeirut May 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

These chocolate tarts are wonderful!


65 Cooking with Coley May 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm

These look delightful! Once again your photography is amazing. The dates in the recipe do scare me a little though (I never eat dates). I imagine you can’t really taste them though… is that the case?


66 marla May 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Nope you can’t taste the dates, I tell you this tastes like some really decadent crust! I don’t think you will be disappointed! xo


67 Wehaf May 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm

My mother doesn’t approve of the commercialism of Mother’s Day, so I am making a charitable donation (to a cancer research foundation) and doing some gardening.


68 marla May 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm

That is so very respectable!! Donations from the heart mean so very much.


69 Tanya May 8, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Yum! Lovely recipe, and Newman’s Sweet Dark Orange is my favorite late night chocolate!


70 Tanya May 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm

And, since I am already your fan, I can only become a fan of Newman’s Own.


71 Liz - Meal Makeover Mom May 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I just became a fan on Facebook!


72 Liz - Meal Makeover Mom May 8, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Your recipe looks amazing. Chocolate + pecans: What’s not to love? I have not tried the Newman’s Own chocolates (I’m a big fan of their salad dressings) and am eager to taste them!


73 Kira May 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm

These look so decadent!


74 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best May 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Those raw chocolate pcan tarts are a brilliant dessert. I would gobble them up! Great giveaway!


75 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best May 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I’m following you on twitter!


76 Julie May 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I would love to win this chocolate because I recently began learning about and experimenting with gluten-free cooking!


77 Julie May 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Since I live in Philly and my mom lives in CA I won’t get to celebrate in person for a couple of weeks when I go home, so tomorrow I’ll call her to wish her a happy mother’s day and then spend the day relaxing in her honor!


78 Julie May 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Does it still count as a new entry if I already follow you on twitter :)


79 Evie May 11, 2010 at 5:51 am

Since I live in CA and my daughter lives in Philly she called me to chat :) Thanks Julie!!!


80 Evie May 11, 2010 at 5:54 am

I think I became a fan of your facebook page – I know I copied your asparagus recipe for my son – it looks yummy!!


81 evie May 11, 2010 at 5:56 am

and in hopes of beating out my daughter for this fabulous looking prize – i think i became a fan of Newman’s Own :)


82 FoodFitnessFreshair May 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Yes!! Thank you so much for this giveaway. I’m super excited. I love Newman’s.


83 Apsalar May 13, 2010 at 9:13 am

I made these with roasted almonds, and I used 4 oz 2% milk and 4 oz heavy cream for the filling. They turned out very good, but I have to keep them frozen otherwise they turn too gooey. I didn’t have a tart pan, but I did have some silicon muffin cups, and then I just push the frozen tart out of the cup to eat.

You’re right about the dates making for a tasty crust. I’d never guess that’s what is in there, but it adds just a hint of fruitiness.


84 marla May 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Isn’t it amazing how many ways we can go about making these tasty tarts? Glad to heat you enjoyed them. The silicon muffin cups are a great idea, so is the freezer.


85 Shaina April 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Love this, Marla! The no bake crust sounds divine.


86 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. April 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

These look great!


87 Christine June 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Hello! Just thought I’d let you know that I adapted your recipe for the tart shells and blogged about it on my site (I don’t know if I’m allowed HTML or not in my comment so I won’t risk posting an HTML link and looking like a fool). The shells were absolutely wonderful. I used peanuts instead of pecans, but I’m sure that both are DIVINE. Thanks for posting your recipe!


88 Marla June 7, 2011 at 4:36 am

Hey Christine, thanks so much for your sweet comment. I am glad you loved the tart shells….I am digging the idea of using peanuts instead of pecans. I am a nut junky so any experimentation is always fair game over here. I will pop on over to your blog to check out what you did. Enjoy!


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